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Old, but still delivers the goods: 1917

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Mad Magyar, Jan 10, 2007.

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  1. Mad Magyar

    Mad Magyar Member

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    I've been so enamored with autoloaders this past year, I thought it was time to take out the Ol' War Horse...It took some 10 shots or so to get used to the different feel/recoil through these original grips... This revolver has been with me for some 30 years. With the foolishness of youth, a few years after purchase I decided to have an Armoloy finish...You don't figure on collectibility & appreciation when you're young; but it is a real sweet shooter and I have no complaints...However, I noticed to clean it by my stds, took nearly twice as long then my autos. Loved every minute of it....;)
    Using Georgia Arms auto-rim,200 gr. Gold Dot HP's, shooting "double hammer"aka, "double tap", "double hit", "controlled pairs", etc, with occasional head-shots....:)
    Life is good......:D
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  2. Chuck Perry

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    Where did you get the Mas Ayoob targets? :evil:
     
  3. Baba Louie

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    How does the silvered finish reflect glare in bright sunlight? Good looking horse gun. Seems plenty accurate too.
     
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    ME LIKE. Want to part?
     
  5. Dr.Rob

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    Mine is a Colt but I know exactly how you feel. Those old guns can still shoot.
     
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    "How does the silvered finish reflect glare in bright sunlight?"
    Not too bad, more of a satin finish than a glossy-chromy look...
    Thanks for the nice comments by all...
    Chuck, that was funny....:D
    Dr. Rob, are the Colt's pretty much the same dimensions/platform and needing the moonclips or AR?

    C&L, who did the nickle job? I like the grips also....
     
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    One with more glare...

    My Super Reflective nickled 1917 BBQ Revolver :eek:

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  9. Z_Infidel

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    Makes me wonder how the new, recently announced 1917 models will look...
     
  10. Vern Humphrey

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    Yep. In fact, the earliest Colt M1917s had no step in the chamber -- a .45 ACP round dropped into the chamber without the moon clips would fall too far, and not headspace on the case mouth, so you had to use moon clips.

    I had a somewhat later Colt M1917 and shot it without moon clips (they were hard to find in those days) and it functioned fine, but you had to point it up and let the fired cases fall out.
     
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    These are wonderful old Smiths, have been trying for a while to talk a shooting pal out of his. My compliments.
     
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    I bought one some years ago from J&G when I had my FFL. Paid a hundred and that's about what I got. :rolleyes: It was rather clapped out, not NEAR that good condition. I had to have a smith work it over to make sure it was shootable and safe. I loaded light stuff for it. It didn't like cast bullets at all, would tumble. Had to shoot jacketed stuff. I sold it. Sure was neat, wish it'd been in better condition. If it'd been in decent shape, I might have built something out of it for carry. I read an article some time ago where a guy did that, put a short barrel on, etc. It was a little fat through the cylinder, of course, but fairly light for an N frame.

    Mine had cracked stocks and the grip frame was pitted anyway, so I put a cheap Pachmayr on it.
     
  13. JoeHatley

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    Fun shooters...

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    Nice guns. Every time I see a 1917 though I could kick myself for not buying one(or more) years ago when the prices in my area were so low. I dont mean beat up guns, I'm talking about some nice specimens. They were real bargains back then even when all guns were cheaper. Oh well, the story of my life:(
     
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    Z_Infidel,

    Who is making the new 1917?

    Sincerely,

    Prof. A. Wickwire
     
  17. Eightball

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    And again, who is making said firearm?
     
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    S&W is bringing out a new version of it. No info yet on price but there are some pics from the 2007 shot show on gunblast.com. It definately looks FUN!:D
     
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    Missed out on them when they were everywhere for $29.95 or so back in the 60s. Current prices on decent originals are now ridiculous for a shooter, so may have to get one of the current M22s or one of the new 1917s.

    A full nickelled 1917 is one impressive cannon.
     
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    More specific link, mayhaps?
     
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    Go to the following link and scroll down about half the page. The photo and caption will be on the left side:

    http://gunblast.com/SHOT_Show_2007.htm
     
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    I've got a Smith 1917 that's had its barrel cut down to 3 1/4" at some point. I thought it was a pretty good deal for $300. The revolver is in remarkably good mechanical condition. It's become my favorite handgun. Those old Smiths can sure shoot! I love the long action trigger.
    As for the "new version 1917", are you guys talking about the re-released S&W model 22? I wonder how they compare to the originals.
     
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    Is thet ?

    A Sheik Massad Ayoob target? HA! He looks just like the Mass! I remember when we were doing the "Secrets of a Professional Shooter" video and one of the BCSO swat guys called him Massage Aknob.....:what: :)
     
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    Even though the 17 Colt looks similar to the 17 S&W, none of the parts are interchangeable like the 1911's. Notice the 'free' extractor rod on the Colt and the cylinder release 'pulls' instead of 'pushes'.
     
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    No, it's advertised as an M1917. It's got the lock, so a lot of people [myself included] will pass on it.
     
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